Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! Solving a Problem

Anna Fagan shares her experience with music lab and how it all began for her in this review below. I love her story and maybe yours is similar? Whether or not you have been running a music lab for years or just getting started, music lab was born to solve a problem. To help our students learn. In 1991, I had been out of college for 10 years, teaching part-time (about 10-12 students per week), and I was sick of spending lesson time to check written Music Theory work that had probably been completed in the back seat of a […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Camp Lesson Plan Made Easy

I kicked off my summer camp workshops last week! I wanted to share how easy it is to create a lesson plan for a summer camp using the resources you might already own. For this post, I will be giving an example of an easy composer camp that can be created by Composer Time Capsules and the Composer Who Am I bundle and because my email subscriber freebie for May, June and July are Composer card sets, let’s throw those in as well as an “if time” activity. (If you missed subscribing to my email list before May 1st, no […]

End of the Year Reflection and Celebration

It’s the end of the school year! A perfect time for students to reflect back on the year. What were some of their favorite memories? What did they learn? What would they like to improve on? What are they looking forward to on summer break? Enjoy this freebie. It includes an editable version if you would like to change some of the questions. This year is recital week in my studio. I am going to have students fill out some compliment cards while they listen to each other play at rehearsals. I thought it would be a nice little boost before […]

Burnout Is Real

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is my most stressful time of year. It’s also the time of year that I tend to burn out and when I notice my students burning out. This is the time for re-registration, summer camp registrations, summer scheduling, following up with the waiting list, figuring out who I can add to the schedule, planning the spring recital, getting students ready for spring recital, prep the summer camps, not to mention my other creative and educational projects. Oh, the list can go on and on… I know you can relate how crazy it […]

Combining Vocal Exploration with Story Telling and Composition

I’m collaborating with my music teacher blog friends at MusicEd Blogs on Facebook to discuss all the different ways we teach melody! Today I wanted to share an easy idea that combines melody composition with story-telling. Many of you are probably familiar with vocal explorations. I love the idea of vocal explorations and how simple yet effective they are. If you aren’t familiar with vocal explorations, here is an example of one you might see… Vocal explorations are typically used for vocal warmups. Students follow a lined path singing different pitches. The visual representation of those pitches is what inspired me […]

A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book

Elizabeth Gutierrez from Piano Teacher Academy has launched a new course, A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book.  If you enrolled in the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers online course bundle from last summer you already have this course, so no need to enroll. If you didn’t, it is now available as a stand-alone course! COURSE DESCRIPTION: Why wait until students can read a scale book and understand key signatures before starting scales? You can start students easily with scales once they know steps and skips at the keyboard. Elizabeth shares a tried-and-true method […]

TpT Sale PLUS Win a TpT Gift Card!

Today kicks off the TpT site-wide sale! My store is 25% off when you use the code: XOXO. This is a great time to start your wish list and save big!   The Music Crew, of which I am a part of collaborated so we can do a HUGE TeachersPayTeachers gift card giveaway. It is happening now and ends midnight tomorrow, Feb. 14th. Good luck! Curious what some of the most popular wish-listed resources in my store are? I added links to them below if you are interested in checking them out too!   Be sure to like Music Educator […]

Let the Savings Begin!

This week the world will have their eyes focused on elite athletes receiving their medals, but why let them have all the fun? The Music Crew is excited to offer a Music Medals event – saving you money on great lesson ideas so you can spend your time watching your favorite events on TV! Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 you will find a huge selection of savings from members of The Music Crew! Search #2018MusicGold on TpT to find items marked down 50%, #2018MusicSilver to find items marked down 30%, and #2018MusicBronze to find items marked down 20%. […]

The Beauty of Stretching Moments

I am an introvert by nature. And because of that, I have had many of what I like to call, “stretching moments” in my life. I remember one of those stretching moments very clearly when I was growing up. When I was a teenager my Mom was the choir director at church. She decided to give me the job to call all the choir members to remind them about choir practice each week. I couldn’t tell you how awful that was for me at the time. I literally thought I would die making these phone calls. To help me get […]